This one-quart human-powered ice crusher seems to do the job just fine if you only need a moderate amount of crushed ice.
When my old blender died I also lost my ability to produce real crushed ice since it had come with a special attachment for that task. I don’t like the slush you get by crushing ice in the blender with a lot of water which is how my new blender thinks one should make crushed ice.
When I saw this little gadget in a catalog it was cheap enough to try, and I’m glad I did. This is basically a one-quart plastic tub with a hand-cranked mill that fits on the top. Put in 3 to 5 ice cubes at a time, close the lid and turn the crank.
Well, I wouldn’t want to have to create pounds and pounds of crushed ice this way, but it works. You do have to apply some force, and the whole unit seems like it might not stand up to that force, but so far, so good. Sometimes I back off a quarter stroke and then apply force again, so as not to put so much strain on the handle.
Am I happy with this purchase? Yes, very much so! I only need crushed ice a few times a year for small parties. I can easily make enough with this little hand machine. It did not break the bank, and it doesn’t take up a lot of storage space. It produces a size of ice that I like a lot. The size flakes are not so fine that it melts too fast, and not so coarse that it doesn’t pack well in my vegetable cooler tray.
If you have a reasonable amount of strength in your hands, don’t need crushed ice every weekend, and enjoy saving money, I recommend this little gizmo. (Made in China, of course)